‘World War Z’ Sequel Gets ‘Eastern Promises’ Writer Steven Knight

Brad Pitt will return in a sequel to his 2013 hit ‘World War Z’, which is being directed by J.A. Bayona.
Brad Pitt will return in a sequel to his 2013 hit World War Z, which is being directed by J.A. Bayona.

World War Z 2 has locked in Steven Knight to write the screenplay for this sequel from Paramount and Skydance.

Brad Pitt is set to reprise his role as United Nations employee Gerry Lane as he continues to clean up the globe after a terrible zombie virus has infected much of the populace. Juan Antonio Bayona, best known for The Impossible and The Orphanage, will direct.

No plot details are known at this time. The film is expected to continue Gerry Lane's story as a family man faced with helping the entire world recover from a devastating disaster. Will he be able to balance his marriage and his full-time job as zombie clean-up crewmember #1? Once again, the screenplay will pull from Max Brooks' popular novel of the same name, upon which the first film was based.

Brad Pitt is producing the sequel alongside Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for their Plan B banner. Steven Knight is also writing an untitled World War II romantic thriller for Brad Pitt, though that project is currently without a distributor.

2013's World War Z went onto earn $540 million at the global box office, and currently resides as Brad Pitt highest grossing film of all-time. Steven Knight recently directed the thriller Locke starring Tom Hardy and was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for his work on Dirty Pretty Things.

World War Z 2 is in development and stars Brad Pitt. The film is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.

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Comments (6)

  1. darkdream

    The first film was different from the zombie franchise and it was really good the sequel should be good to

    10 months agoby @darkdreamFlag

  2. WongFu

    I only saw half of the first film, I actually enjoyed it.

    10 months agoby @instead8909Flag

  3. CoreyB

    to be honest i know World War Z had a surprise summer last year, but when I watched it I was abit letdown! S Knight is very talented tho so good luck to em

    10 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  4. Josh

    Steven Knight, not to be confused with Steven de Knight, the new show-runner of Daredevil.

    Between the writer of Eastern Promises and the director of The Orphanage, this could end up being really good. And I found the first WWZ unexpectedly great.

    10 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Bellandedward1

    Can't wait for the next chapter after reading the book I knew it was going to b more than one film

    10 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  6. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    This movie doesn't need a sequel.

    10 months agoby @redcameramanFlag

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